Jay-Z Tops MTV’s 2009 Hottest MCs List

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Jay-Z finds himself at the top of another list. This time, the Jiggaman has been crowned No. 1 on MTV’s 2009 Hottest MCs in the Game, up from No. 2 last year. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Rick Ross land in the top 5, while Raekwon, Gucci Mane, Fabolous, and Drake all make their first appearances on the annual list based on an MC’s current achievements. Click below for the final rankings as voted on by the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust.

10. Raekwon
9. 50 Cent
8. Fabolous
7. Young Jeezy
6. Gucci Mane
5. Rick Ross
4. Kanye West
3. Drake
2. Lil Wayne
1. Jay-Z

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48 Comments

  1. Star

    get the f@#$ out of here yall are trippen T.I. and Eminem aint on the list.

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    KillaBee Reply:

    @Star, ummm… did you not read? this is mtv’s list, not rap-up’s

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    Star Reply:

    @KillaBee, i know i was dierecting it at MTV

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    KillaBee Reply:

    @Star, oh, ok. LOL

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  2. 100% Nikehead

    how is eminem not on the list? His album came out this year wtf mtv is buggin!

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  3. Matt.Beezy

    damn sure aint the list for the best mc’s right now. if so, wont none of them be on it.

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  4. OJcris44

    Jayz should not be #1, he needed Rihanna and Alicia Keys to make his songs hot. They purposely moved the list til now to make him #1 since he probably payin them or got connections. But Eminem, TI, Ludacris and Game should have been on there if you talk about the whole year.

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  5. Jazmine

    @ Ojchris sit down please! are you mad your fave is not #1 or even in the top 10? “Jay-Z payed them” Bwahahhahahahahahahaha HATER! Why would Hov pay MTV?? Jay-Z is the GOAT but I do agree with you about Eminem & T.I they should be at least top 5 on that list & who put Gucci Mane & Rick Ross on that list WTF? they should have just added that ice cream paint job guy & soulja boy to the list

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    SLIIIM_SHADY's STAN Reply:

    @Jazmine, hahahh! that’s god damn right… Rick Ross? Than Eminem? and T.I? they’re trippin…
    1. Hov – there’s no denying
    2. Drake – have you guys heard ‘FEAR’?
    3. Eminem – cause he’s em
    4. T.I. – cause he’s TI
    5. I don’t know who deserves this one… Ye? or Weezy? or Maybe CuDi?

    BOGUS! they really should have put ice cream paint job and soulja boy in this… hahhaha!

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    perry Reply:

    @Jazmine, truthfully, jay-z knows how to make press. and hes the best in the game at publicity. look at the awards show, he came in like he was the president. personally, i dont even listen to jay, i havent since he was still doing collabs with dmx. and truthfully he has not earned the #1 spot. eminem has. even the rest of that list, doesnt make sense. mtv has no credibility left.

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  6. Mark

    why r MTV still only ppl that make that douche 50 relevant?

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  7. queen beyonce

    Im happy with the top 3 but come on where is em & T.I.???????

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  8. SLIIIM_SHADY's STAN

    Eminem should be here… So is TI and so is CuDi… that list is bogus! Gucci Mane?! COME ON!!!!!!

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  9. j

    Fab shoulda def. Been higher than gucci n jeezy…raeqwon was a Surprise but then again his aLbum was gooD

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  10. kid

    50 cent is on there but eminems not? wat? they really are trippin. He hasnt even dropped an album! em already has 2 albums done. and he’s helpin 50 with his, come on now
    and kid cudi defintley needs a spot, they needa take raeqwon, gucci, 50 and rick ross OFF tha list, (cuz there are doper rappers than them)and replace them wit kid cudi, eminem,T.i.,Ludacris

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  11. Sofia

    WTF.. MTV are trippin’

    How they gonna make a list about hottest emcees now and then put a dude whos like 50 at the top and than leave Em out, T.I also? Didn’t T.I have like 4 number one songs this year alone? Dead and Gone, Live Your Life, Whatever You Like, Remember Me? And won some awards DESPITE being gone from the public eye for a while (jail) which for most artists would have resulted in no career? Wtf and Ems had the fastest selling album of 09′ so far? And DESPITE disappointing a lot of people with The Relapse because it was so different has still managed to have the most anticapated album right now? Relapse 2? And hasn’t Em been on a track and destroyed everyone in the top 4? Forever with Drake, Wayne and Kanye or Renegade with Jay Z? I didn’t expect Em to come first but to not have him at all? How in the hell does this work? I think Jay should have been number 5 or something because all this hype he generated this year was not because of the fans, it was because he did songs with huge artists i.e. Rihanna, Alicia Keys and than probably paid every other channel to report on him 24/7 because honestly that album of his is hot but not Jay Z hot.

    Any smart person has gone off Lil Wayne and realised he is NOT that great. Kanye is a singer, why is he on an mc list? Drake hasn’t even dropped an album yet. Eminem is EMINEM. They said they would be factoring in the fans this year and Em won the poll by a landslide and then they’re gonna go and give him no place at all? Wtf. Isn’t that just ignoring all of our input?

    Having 50 Cent on a hottest emcee list and not Eminem is one of the craziest things I have ever heard. In my entire life. No joke.

    I honestly think this is some publicity shit, because it defies all logic to have the artist who’s obviously the most popular NOT on the list annd include some next people is unfathomable. I think MTV know the backlash they’d get from it and decided to go with it.. I mean “theres no such thing as bad press” right?

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  12. GeeMan

    Each year this list is revealed there is always a disagreement someone that may not deserve squeezes through the cracks and makes the list. Someone that might deserve to make the list may not make it props to Jay for taking the 1 spot. 11 albums later he is still in high demand. As for Em his skills can”t be messed with but at the same time his impact is not as strong as it once was.

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  13. Nemesis

    WTF man?

    where is Eminem, T.I. and Luda ?

    this top is bullshit

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    Nemesis Reply:

    plus The Game, LAX was dope

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  14. GUTTABOI365

    1 – DRAKE
    2 – LIL WAYNE
    3 – RICK ROSS
    4 – GUCCI MANE
    5 – LIL BOOSIE
    6 – YOUNG JEEZY
    7 – T.I.
    8 – YOUNG DRO
    9 – JAY Z
    10 – ASHER ROTH

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    Jazmine Reply:

    @GUTTABOI365, I can tell your dumbass is from the south with that country ass list sit your lean wit it rock with ass down Young dro?? boooooooooooooy stop!!!!

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    ouchhh! Reply:

    @Jazmine, I almost wet myself reading that!!!lol I soooo agree…GUTTABOI365 is truly buggin!!

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    KWEST COAST Reply:

    THATS A WEAK @SS LIST! ANYWAYS I JUST DONT GIVE A f*CK WHOS HOT OR NOT, I LIKE U WHEN I LIKE U OR I DONT POINT BLANK, THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO YOURSELVES, F*CK A MTV, NO NOTHIN ASS, GOT CALLED OUT BY THE VERY ONE RANKED AS NO. 1 ON THEY’RE OWN LIST!

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    matthew Reply:

    @GUTTABOI365,
    u ranked asher roth hahahahahahaha, and jay z is only one above asher lol, u ranked boosie come on bra what r u doin, how u rank drake above wayne, wayne owns drake

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  15. Fresh Prince22

    Y is Gucci Mane rated so high (above jeezy @ that) where’s Eminem? Why fabolous ranked so low? his album was better than most of the people on this list….and where is T.I.

    MTV is a joke.Eventhough it is their opinion, i disagree COMPLETELY with this list….we might as well put the GS BOYZ and THE NEW BOYZ on their while where at it…

    Lmao at Guttaboi list…boi stop!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Giselle

    They have Gucci, and Fabolous but not Eminem? WTF! MTV doesn’t know anything about rap anyway. This list is pathetic.

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  17. OJcris44

    Last year’s list was done in May and now they push it til October. They didn’t even include all the artists that were hot from May to December of last year. If they did, I know TI, Ludacris, and The Game sold way more and had way more hits than Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Raekwon.

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  18. $tunna

    how and the fuck is drake #3??? wtf he should be like number33…. & raekwon???? who the fuk is that? lma0.. & how do u 4get about (lil BOOSIE)?? WTF

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  19. G...

    This is ridiculous!! Gucci Mane?? Hottest MC?? Mtv should stick to charting rock bands and pop music…This list is a mother f%@*n joke!!

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  20. 234

    Where the hell is Eminem?????

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  21. @Benedictta3

    My Tops 10 Hottest MC’s List.
    10. Fabolous
    9. Young Jeezy
    8. Drake
    7. Wale
    6. Wayne
    5. T.I
    4. Kanye
    3. Cassidy
    2. Nas
    1. Jay-Z

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  22. Star

    T.I. and EM aint on the list yall are trippenMTV is trippen

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  23. Catie

    Seriously, that list is full of irrelevent artists. 50 Cent? He’s been trying for over a year now to have a successful first single, he does not belong on that list. Gucci Mane? I don’t think so. Eminem and T.I. should have been in those artist’s places.

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  24. U-DEKE (OLD HEAD)

    TOP 10 MC’S IN THE GAME CURRENTLY:
    JAYZ
    TI
    DRAKE
    EM
    FAB
    JADAKIS
    KID CUDI
    RICK ROSS
    JEEZY
    50/RAEKWON
    NOW LISTEN, WE ALL KNOW THAT MTV’S HOTTEST MC’S LIST SUCKS AND THE ROUNDTABLE PANEL HAS LOST ALL RAP MUSIC FANS RESPECT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU INCLUDE GUCCI (JUST WACK FOR NO REASON), KANYE (808 NOT A RAP ALBUM, BUT LIKE LIL WAYNE LAST YEAR WAS ON EVERYONES ALBUM), LIL WAYNE (BETTER RAPPER WHEN HE ACTUALLY WRITES HIS LYRICS ON PAPER. NOT GOOD AT FREESTYLING), RAEKWON GETS SOME VOTES FROM ME B/C HE’S A LEGIT, MY ADVISE TO MY MAN 50: GO BACK INTO THE LAB WITH EM/DRE AND DO YOUR THING LIKE YOU DID ON “GET RICH OR DIE TRYN”. DROP YOUR TRUSTIE SIDEKICK TONY YOYO AND “FOCUS MAN”!!!!! NOW YOU YOUNG WHIPPER SNAPPERS LET HEAR YOUR COMMENTS NOW!!!!

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  25. 313

    t.i goes gold in his 1st week and he aint on this list lmaoo nd so did eminem

    MTV is on crack

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  26. dat bitch

    YaLL trippin y n da hell everybody hating on the south don’t nobody listen 2 no fake ass 50 cent we listen 2 real shit. And of course we gonna have a difference of opinion we live different from ya’ll anyway we listen 2 lil boosie, gucci mane, plies, ti, young dro, young jeezy, webbie, lil wayne. drake hot kanye crazy, Jay z suppose 2 b retired he rich i give em dat but we don’t rock his shit down here and who da fuck is he to tell niggas 2 stop using the auto tune Y cause he didn’t start it . And i fuck wit dat gucci mane da long way he real jeezy not da nigga from hawkinsville georgia not da A, boosie and webbie real as hell, Dro Real as hell and oh yeah LiL wayne da best. Look at the numbers on his tour and record sells jay z ain’t neva sold a million in a week and dats point blank numbers don’t lie.

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  27. JDog335

    TOP MCs OF 2009
    10.Rick Ross (his album actually wasnt that bad…)
    9.Young Jeezy (pretty decent rapper overall)
    8.Ludacris (dope rapper and theater of the mind was pretty dope)
    7.Jay-Z (bp3 was not that great…i’d rather carter 3)
    6.Kid Cudi (man on the moon is one of the best rap albums i’ve herd in a while)
    5.Drake (new rapper and he already better then most)
    4.T.I. (cant deny paper trail. it was great)
    3.Lil Wayne (chill out wit tha rock a lil bit)
    2.Kanye West (his verse on run this town were better den both of jays combined)
    1.Eminem (killed everybody on forever)

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  28. trillestbitch

    Rick ross album was #1 when it came out and his song with rob. thicke is that heat so I don’t know what yaw talkin bout ross for lil wayne never been any good he says sum ol dumb ass shit ever time he puts lyrics to a piece of paper drake whack too. They need to put lyrical rap artist on there because anyone can make up a dumb ass rhyme. But most ppl these days dumb as hell anyway and gutta proves dat

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  29. empirestateofmind

    a lotta yall are biased as hell. first off, em is not the hottest rapper in the game. he should be in the list but he is definitely not top 5. relapse was horrible. just because he killed drake’s joint doesn’t automatically put him up top. he’s not the hottest in the game anymore. second, gucci is wack! let’s get down to business. no multis, nothing creative, never heard one smart wordplay from him…. his verse on mario’s joint was hella retarded. and despite all the hate i have for him, he should still be in that list cuz people are rocking HIS shit right now. he shouldn’t be that high. jadakiss should have definitely been on that list. fabolous should have been higher than jeezy and rick ross (come on mtv, what the hell were u thinking). where the hell are wale, juelz santana, and kid cudi too? i’d say the hottest right now is either jay-z, drake, or lil’ wayne. bp3 was the hottest shit that came out this year. no lie.

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  30. MYVizm382

    1. Jay-Z
    2. Lil Wayne
    3.Drake
    4.Eminem
    5. Kid Cudi
    6.Gucci Mane
    7. Mos Def (Way under-rated)
    8. Jadakiss
    9.Raekwon
    10. Rick Ross

    I think Chamillionaire will be on the list next year because if the rest of Venom is like Good Morning. Lil Wayne may top it next year with Rebirth and Tha Carter IV unless Jay-Z releases something else. Although Drake’s album finally comes out next year so I think the top 2 will be Lil Wayne/Drake.

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  31. Drew

    All I have to add is this: Lupe Fiasco. Better than the rest, hands down.

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  32. Dakota

    This list is crap, Lupe Fiasco is not on there at all.

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  33. C-LO

    1. Jay z
    2. Drake
    3. Lil Wayne
    4. T.I
    5. Eminem
    6. Kanye West
    7. Young Jeezy
    8. Kid Cudi
    9. Wale
    10. Ludacris

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  34. GUTTABOI365

    my fault dat was a garbage list

    1.Lil wayne
    2.Drake
    3.Wiz Khalifa
    4.Gucci Mane
    5.Kanye West
    6.Rick Ross
    7.The Game
    8.Young Jeezy
    9.Lil Boosie
    10.T.I

    Jay z not on this list cuz he wasnt really hot in 2009 he came wit 1 album and yall already sayin he deserve 09 noooooooooo on des people was layin it down in 2009 jay z came at he end…….xbox live gamertag: GUTTABOI365

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  35. TYSMOOTh

    1.fabolous
    2.fab
    3.loso

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  36. lebron

    what the hell is rick ross doing on this list? why is he over Jeezy and fabo this ant fair that guy is a joke he shoots his videos in his moms basement and he ant better den gucci mane!! WTF though Jay z #1 gtfo here man he ant consistnent enough idc Lil wayne is number one then hova followed by drake!! By is Rick Ross on this freaking list!!

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  37. Dom Barksdale

    yu listen here fukerz….. raekwon old ass does not belong on here…. nd gucci is fukin crumbs… drake shouldnt be that high…. nd fab should be up ahead of a few them…. idk how high but def not number 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jeezy too for dat matter… nd bring ross downa couple notches… his album didnt even go platinum!!!!!!!1 fuk is wrong with fukers????????

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